A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds. A poignant continuation of the Lowcountry Summer series.
As far as 10-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it's the worst Christmas ever. His father's shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told, they can't afford the dog he desperately wants. "Your brother's return from war is our family's gift," his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays. Then Taylor's service dog arrives - a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog!
When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father's ax, determined to get his family the tree they can't afford, he takes the dog for company - but accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. The splintered family must come together to rediscover their strengths, their family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas.
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Yes, Monroe did a fine job with the narration of her novel. I can see myself reading this book (or listening) every Christmas season. It's a lovely story about a family facing the challenges of a new normal and finding the true meaning of Christmas.
The transformation of son Taylor when a dog named Thor comes into his life.
I imagine she paced her narration the way she heard her characters when she wrote the novel. Not every author is the right narrator but I thought Monroe was for her novel.
I'd take Thor's trainer out to dinner. What she did was a great gift for one who has given so much. I'd like to learn more.
Recommended to anyone looking for good novel with a Christmas theme.
Mary Alice Monroe has a gift for bringing the South Carolina Lowcountry to life. This tale allows readers of the series to learn of the backstory of a character. It also shares with new readers a Christmas story that will leave them wanting more. I highly encourage anyone reading this story to read the entire series, as well as her other books. You won't be dissapointed!
I have fell in love with all of Mary Alice Monroe's books. The characters and stories keep you wanting more. They also feel like you are right there in the book. I could not put this book down. I read it in 24 hours. It's going to be a new Christmas Classic in my home!
I Love Mary Alice Monroes sweet voice. She knows her characters and I would never want anyone else to read her novels
Jenny and Taylor in his room when he was in his worst despair
Christmas Eve in McClennanville
I would love to take Jenny out for dinner.
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